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Pedrosa hoping for the best after Qatar fall.

Dani Pedrosa has re-opened the left knee injury for which he underwent surgery in December, during a Monday night highside at the Qatar test.

After sitting out Sunday's damp session, Pedrosa completed 28 laps on Monday and had begun to up his pace on the floodlit track. Then, at 10.00pm, the 23-year-old Spaniard suffered a heavy fall entering Turn 10.

Pedrosa hit his left wrist and left knee in the accident and was taken on a stretcher to the circuit medical centre, where initial x-rays fortunately showed no signs of a break. However, the impact re-opened the existing wound in his left knee, which required three stitches.

"Pedrosa received a strong blow on his left wrist but without any obvious injury," said Dr. Macchiagodena of the Clinica Mobile. "After a preliminary check-up and two X-rays I have recommended a more thorough investigation to rule out the possibility of a small fracture. Moreover the rider had a small cut on his left knee, this required three stitches. After an X-ray of the affected knee, a more serious injury has been ruled out."

Pedrosa - who originally injured his left knee on lap one of last October's Australian Grand Prix - will now fly home and undergo further precautionary scans, but is hopeful of being fit for the final pre-season test at Jerez, Spain which begins on 28 March.

“The early part of the session went quite well and I was happy with the progress we were making,” said Dani, who left last month's Sepang test one day early in order to rest his knee. “The conditions weren't ideal with the sand blowing on the track, but this was an unexpected crash.

“I was entering Turn 10 and I had a highside and then the bike came down on top of me,” he revealed. “It's a shame because we also lost testing time yesterday, but now I will go home for some more scans and hopefully they won't show anything more serious.”

Pedrosa began the 2008 season injured after fracturing his hand during testing at Sepang.

The 2009 MotoGP season starts at Qatar on April 12.

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Wiggysan The Dude

March 03, 2009 10:16 AM

Im sure Dani-bot will be fine. The problem I see here is, yet again Dani has left all the R&D upto his team mate, just like last year. Im sure he and Rasputin ( Puig ) will then blame Dovi for not developing the bike better towards the end of the year.

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